JBL Xtreme Portable Speaker Review

The JBL Portable Speaker series is one of the most popular lines of wireless speakers. Even though they are inexpensive, they can also serve as a replacement to an amplifier because of their high-end features. The JBL Xtreme, in particular, is a favorite of many music enthusiasts.

The product is multipurpose. It is often used as a speaker for Android and iOS devices since it enables effortless music playback. With this device, you don’t need several electric chords in your home, room, or studio. Musicians use it as a studio monitor so that they can hear the music they produce crisply.

For recording, you will only hear your instrument or your voice playing with the JBL Xtreme portable speaker. It is small and portable, so you will know whether you are on track or not.

If your gang loves to hang out outside or go swimming, this little device is the perfect gadget to create memorable experiences. Loud and crisp music can definitely up your game, and this latest addition to the JML speaker series is waterproof.

The JBL Xtreme has a lot more features to offer. It will take your sound tripping to a whole new level.

What Is in the Box?

The speaker comes with a medium length charging cable, manual, and warranty information.

At first glance, this speaker looks very much like its predecessors. It’s small and can fit in the palm of your hand. It has a flexible and durable casing. At 2.12 kg, you can carry it around with you while dancing and jogging.

Box JBL Xtreme

As part of the major design change in their product line, the JBL Xtreme is incorporated with a large battery and new drivers. Compared to other hand-held speakers, it can last for 12 hours.

At long distance, it seems like a small vibrant colored punching bag. It is soft to touch and sports a string handle. With the lanyard, you can hang it from a branch or shower head. You may also leave it dangling on your backpack.

What to Expect?

The JBL Xtreme is developed for people who like to go outdoors.

Compared to the previous versions of JBL speakers, the JBL Xtreme produces crisp, high, stunning midrange and punchy bass.

It also has dual passive bass. This produces powerful beats in open spaces.

The voltage of its built-in battery is 10,000 mAh. It lasts longer than most portable speakers that only have 2000mAh batteries. On top of all of that, you can also connect up to two mobile devices to your JBL Xtreme.

Connected devices won't suck the power of your speaker. You can switch between songs anytime. Truly, JBL Xtreme delivers excellent performance both outdoors and indoors.

Features

Sound Performance

Even with its portable and compact size, this gadget delivers impressive sound.

Its passive bass radiators enhance its low-end frequency bass. Even if it is just one speaker, it produces crisp and well-balanced sound.

You will even hear the lower pitched instruments being played in the background. There are sounds that you can only hear clearly when you use headphones for playback.

But with the JBL Xtreme, you will hear rich and detailed sounds. For example, an orchestra is an ensemble of instruments. It is composed of 5 sections: woodwinds, percussion, brass, string, and keyboard

JBL Sound Performance

The woodwinds, in particular, are often heard in the background when orchestral compositions are being played through a headset. You’ll hear the caressing sounds of bassoons, clarinets, flutes, and oboes.

However, you may only notice the percussion, brass, and vocals when the sound is played through a speaker. The JBL Xtreme doesn’t produce distortion, so even background instruments can be clearly heard.

Even if you maximize the volume, there is no distortion. Vocals also sound detailed. Since it can produce punchy beats, hip-hop and electronic music sound very good.

Design

With its IPX7 casing, the JBL Xtreme has a waterproof exterior. You can even toss it into a bucket of water, and it will not be damaged. If you leave it on wet sand, its circuits will be safe. No drop of water can pass through its durable casing.

Its button controls are located on top of its body. The glowing icon next to the button indicates its battery life. The buttons have lights also, so if you are in a party, holding this little gadget and waving it around looks very cool.

On top of all that, you can connect the JBL Xtreme with three other speakers using its Connect+ feature. This enables you to use your old JBL speakers. If you have a JBL Flip 3 and 4, why not use it with them with this product. 

Battery Life

The JBL Xtreme can last for more than 12 hours, even if you connect it with other devices. It can enliven your party for several hours even on 75% volume. However, this device can only last for 8 hours on max volume. This is according to reliable customer reviews.

Bluetooth Connectivity

This feature is easy to use and hassle-free. Other portable speakers tend to disconnect from time to time. But with the JBL Xtreme, it will never disconnect by itself unless its battery is drained.

Also, it can remember your device. It pairs with your smartphone automatically when turned on. This feature helps you save a lot of time. Before turning this device on, all you have to do is just switch on your phone’s Bluetooth.

Within a 33 feet radius, you will not hear a drop in sound quality. As long as you stay in that range, the connection won’t disconnect.

Additionally, it also comes with a built-in echo and noise cancellation speakerphone. This allows you to take free calls even while you are playing music. And, your listeners will not hear the private conversation.

JBL Bluetooth Connectivity

USB Port

This feature is what sets this product apart from its predecessors. You can not only connect smartphones for music playback, but you can also plug a USB to it. It allows you to play any song from any “unhidden” folder in your USB.

Pros

  • Water resistant
  • The noise canceling feature enables you to play crystal clear music even when you have a phone call
  • Pair up 3 tablets or smartphones
  • Can last for up to 15 hours

Cons

  • It's pretty heavier than other portable speakers.
  • It does not come with a strap bag

Conclusion

The JBL Xtreme is one of the latest additions to the JBL speakers’ series. So its standard is probably one of the best on the market. It surpasses its predecessors, and even though it is cheaper than most brands, it can produce crystal clear sounds. Even if you maximize the volume, you won’t hear distortion. Also, you only have to charge it for 2 hours and you can use it for more than 12 hours.


Overall, JBL Xtreme is an outstanding product. It has everything that you would expect from portable speakers. Its waterproof casing makes it versatile, and its powerful bass is perfect for outdoor sound tripping.

(Last Updated On: June 1, 2019)
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